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Jul 14, 2019

You are not alone!

The ankle…probably one of the most taken for granted of all the body parts. You don’t realize how important the ankle is until it isn’t working right.  Not only from a standpoint of pain but also in terms of performance.  

Did you know that the most common orthopedic (muscle/bone) injury is an ankle injury?  You are more likely to injure your ankle than any other body part. This is true in everyday life, and even more so than while playing sports.

 

The ankle has multiple degrees of movement. There are plantar flexion and inversion. One of the reasons that people experience ankle injuries so frequently is that an imbalance or weakness may exist.  (Well, that and places like Charleston, SC still have cobblestone roads and don’t understand the idea of creating a flat sidewalk.) When you have weakness and/or lack of proprioception possibly from multiple previous ankle sprains or general deconditioning, this can lead to “rolling your ankle” to the outside which can lead to pain and swelling.  This is the most common ankle sprain called a lateral (outside) ankle sprain and accounts for 85% of all ankle sprains.  

No one is immune to sprained ankles.  They can affect anyone at any time and they can strike without warning (see reference to Charleston sidewalks above).  There are a few things that put you at a greater risk of having an ankle injury.  

  • Ankle is hypermobile (too flexible)
  • Ankle is hypomobile (too tight)
  • Instability of your ankles
  • General deconditioning
  • Returning to sport too early

 

Made 2 Move Physical Therapy can help you address each of the above factors by helping educate, strengthen, mobilize, and improve balance. Whether you just sprained your ankle or never fully healed from a previous one.

In the event that you do experience a rolled ankle or sprained ankle, the best thing you can do is to compress it with an elastic bandage and elevated it above your heart.  After 24 hours if there is significant bruising or pain it may be time to seek medical attention.  Come see us at Made 2 Move Physical Therapy, and we can help to diagnose the issue and figure out what is needed next.  

There are 3 grades or severities of ankle sprains: Grades 1, 2 and 3.

  • Grade 1: Moderate pain with mild to moderate swelling and minimal to no bruising.  Pain should subside quickly and return to sport/activity shouldn’t take much longer than 2 weeks.
  • Grade 2: Intense pain with moderate to severe swelling and minimal to moderate bruising.  The foot and ankle may be non-weight bearing for a period of time and it could take as long as 2 – 6 weeks to recover.
  • Grade 3: Intense pain with severe swelling and moderate to severe bruising.  Foot and ankle will be immobilized.  It will take a minimum of 6 weeks to recover from this type of injury.

Made 2 Move Physical Therapy understands the healing process and has the services required to help you get back as quickly and as effectively as possible.  It is important to work with a licensed professional when rehabbing an ankle injury in order to ensure that the ankle is strong enough and flexible enough to return to your activity.  We will also ensure that we address the often overlooked aspect of proprioceptive and/or balance training to ensure that your ankle and foot are working properly so that you do not return to sport or activity too early and risk a recurring injury.

We want to get you healthy and keep you that way!

Services we offer to get you back on your feet:

  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Cupping
  • Dry Needling
  • IaSTM or Graston Technique
  • Neuromuscular Electric Stimulation
  • Mobility/Stretching
  • Strength and Stability training
  • Rehabilitation and Corrective exercise
  • Proprioceptive Re-Education Training
  • Sport Specific Training

Don’t hesitate any longer.  Call Us Now at 843-670-5244 or Click Here to book your appointment and let us help you get back to doing what you love!

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